Atletico Madrid's French forward Antoine Griezmann (C) celebrates their victory past Atletico Madrid's Ghanaian midfielder Thomas (L) after winning the UEFA Europa League final football match between Olympique de Marseille and Club Atletico de Madrid at the Parc OL stadium in Decines-Charpieu, near Lyon on May 16, 2018.
With manager Diego Simeone in the stands - serving a four-game ban for being sent off in the semi-final against Arsenal - Atletico repelled Marseille's early thrusts and produced a performance which has become a trademark under the Argentine.
"This is a reward for me after I left home aged 14, for all the work I have put in, the suffering", said Griezmann, who has spent his whole career in Spain but had only previously won one Spanish Super Cup.
Atletico Madrid have added another win, another clean sheet and another trophy to further improve El Cholo's incredible managerial record.
"Simeone made me grow personally and professionally; I'm delighted with him and I owe him a lot, I know, so I'm very fond of him. I've been here four years, and I have enjoyed today with the fans, the people of the club, my relationship with them is strong, which is why I give everything on the pitch". If he stays we'll keep growing because we are destined to keep growing. The team began the game with some difficulties, but as time went on, and with the goal, we got comfortable.
With Liverpool fans hoping for any possible advantage over Madrid ahead of their showdown on May 26, fans are praying none of Jurgen Klopp's players "jinx" the side as Payet appeared to.
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Meanwhile, Marseille boss Rudi Garcia defended his decision to play Payet from the start despite admitting his captain was unsure about his fitness.
"Even diminished, he set up the (Valere) Germain chance".
The miss proved majorly costly to the French side on 21 minutes when they conceded the opening goal.
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That paved the way for Griezmann to take centre stage, Marseille failing to truly threaten again until the latter stages when substitute Konstantinos Mitroglou hit the post with a header.
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